Will Eating Nuts Cause Gout?


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Dairy products and vegetables can also be high in purines. High-fat dairy, like whole milk, ice cream, butter, and cheese have been said to possibly cause gout and are recommended to be replaced with low-fat or non-fat dairy, or soy alternatives. Spinach, mushrooms, cauliflower, peas, and asparagus have been shown to be rich in purines and therefore can be foods that cause gout. In an unrelated food category, lentil beans and yeast increase the chances for a gout flare up. For this reason, beer, because it's derived from yeast and grains, can increase the level of uric acid in the body. Some health professionals recommend that alcohol be avoided altogether.

Ingesting purines is not the only way to build up an unusually high concentration of uric acid, called hyperuricemia. Poor kidney function, since the kidneys filter out uric acid, works in conjunction with foods that cause gout. Thus, drinking plenty of water and eating tofu, olive oil, and nuts, actually seems to counteract weakened kidneys to eliminate uric acid from the bloodstream. A diet rich in complex carbohydrates, in the form of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains like bread and pasta, may ease the symptoms of gout. A doctor might combine these diet restrictions with anti-inflammatory medication and an overall weight loss plan

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